Now that the debut of the new NSX is finally out of the way, we can focus on Honda’s next high-performance car scheduled to be unveiled – the new Honda Civic Type R. Seen here is the upcoming hot hatch undergoing winter tests in the snowy landscape of Sweden.

We first saw prototypes of the new Type R on test way back in August 2013, and since then there has been seemingly endless rounds of teaser photos, concepts and even videos of a prototype being driven.

The good news is that we probably won’t have to wait much longer as bookings for the car have already opened in the UK – all you need to do is place down a fee of £3,000.


Touted to be the most extreme and high-performing Type R in the 22-year history of the red ‘H’ badge, the Civic Type R will be powered by a new 280 PS 2.0 litre direct-injected VTEC Turbo engine with a 7,000 rpm limit, paired to a six-speed manual gearbox. That’s not quite the stratospheric redlines that we’ve used to with Type R engines of the past, but the new turbo does offer significantly more torque.

There’s also a new ‘+R’ button, which upon being pressed will activate a mode with heightened engine response, with torque-mapping changed to a more aggressive and performance-focused setting. The steering becomes more responsive which, together with the new four-point Adaptive Damper System, delivers the “ultimate handling experience”.

Will the new Type R be able to break the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R’s front-wheel drive Nurburgring record of 7 min 54.36 seconds? We’ll see.